Development Officer

Orbit Group
England, Kent, Maidstone
£29240.00 - £32498.00 per annum
25 Apr 2019
09 May 2019
Jennifer Cole
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP
Development Officer
Location: Horizon House, Maidstone Salary: £29,240 - £32,498 per annum Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time 36.25 hours per week

Orbit is a fantastic business and one that's really going places.

Orbit is a major housing developer with the financial strength, capacity, skills and expertise to deliver a wide range of house building and regeneration schemes. Our target is to deliver 2,000 new homes each year as the country's third largest developing housing association. To achieve these goals, we are expanding our team and looking for a motivated, passionate and dedicated development professional to join us on our journey.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Development Officer to join our fast paced and driven Land and New Business team in the South. We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious individual who has excellent communication and organisational skills to establish a pipeline of suitable development opportunities that fit the group's development strategy. To support this you will ensure effective relationships are built and maintained with key external partners including Developers, Contractors, Land Agents, Local Authorities, and Homes England.

Some of the key duties include:
  • Work with Interim Head of Development to identify and deliver circa 800 strategy.
  • Prepare financial appraisals, risk assessments, and reports for project approval.
  • Ensure projects are effectively managed in line with funding requirements and internal procedures
  • Lead on ensuring grant claims are accurately made to Homes England and The Greater London Authority, in line with forecast and compliance requirements

To be a strong applicant, we are looking for you to possess excellent communication skills and the relationship management skills necessary to develop and maintain effective partnerships, both with internal and external stakeholders. Proven experience in new business project management is desirable however not essential as training will be given.

You will be degree qualified in a relevant discipline or equivalent by experience.

Why apply?

We believe that an organisation's best asset is its people, and as such we want everyone to feel that they can make a difference. We want to unlock the potential in all Orbit employees and maximise their satisfaction in the job. We have a corporate training programme, opportunities for professional development and our staff tell us we are a great organisation to work for. We offer an excellent benefits package, including private medical insurance, discounted dental insurance and gym membership, 27 days holiday entitlement and pension scheme.

About us

As one of the country's largest housing associations, Orbit owns and manages 40,000 homes and is committed to its purpose of Building Communities. Orbit is an ambitious, dynamic organisation with national reach and influence. We are passionate about making a real difference to our communities, ensuring our customers are proud of where they live. We are a long-term sustainable business and make profit for a purpose in order to re-invest in our services and to build much needed new homes.

How to apply

To apply for this role please submit your CV and a supporting statement that demonstrates how you meet the key criteria we need. If you wish to discuss the role further, please contact Jennifer Cole at Retinue Solutions, on 0203 837 7880 or via email on

Advert Closes - Wednesday 8th May 2019

Interviews - Monday 20th or Tuesday 21st May 2019

Retinue Solutions is committed to equality in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. Retinue Solutions is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.

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